My Safetipin is a personal safety app that helps you make safer decisions about your mobility, based on the safety score of an area. The app is free for all and uses crowd-sourcing to collect data. At the core of the app, we have the Safety Audit which is a tool to analyse a given area based on the physical and social infrastructure parameters.
Safetipin Nite is an app that is used to collect photographs in the night-time. This is done by mounting the phone with the app on it on the screen of a moving vehicle. The app is not available on the Play Store or the App Store. We provide the APK to our partners that can be used by the drivers who will be navigating the area. As the drivers drive around an area, the app automatically clicks photos every 30 meters. These photographs are then uploaded and analysed by our team based on the 8 audit parameters as well as various sub-parameters.
It is a web application designed to collect information on selected public places or public services through a detailed questionnaire, pictures, and spatial data. For example, condition of public toilets, bus terminals, safety audits inside the buses, last mile connectivity around metro/train station or bus stop etc.
Avon Communications Awards
mBillionth Awards South Asia
Nominet Trust 100
Prixars Electronica Digital Communities Prize
IFC Award for Transformational Technology
Mobile World Changer
DUBAI INTERANATIONAL AWARD
Global Urban Innovator
Lotus Leadership Award
Corporate Vision Small Business Awards
EQUALS in Tech Awards Finalist
Best Personal Safety App
BW Disrupt Social Impact Award
It has been a pleasure to work with Safetipin and use their technology to assess the level of safety of the areas where transport projects and infrastructure will be constructed in some of the cities that we work. If well used, technology can contribute to enhance urban design from a gender perspective and add to participatory processes.
Safetipin arose from the need of having evidence-based urban mobility policies with a gender lens, and in its tenth year anniversary, Safetipin trajectory showcases the continued increase in the importance that cities are giving to including the gender perspective into urban development agendas. Data, if not considered within a specific policy problem or context, is just information, and organizations like Safetipin have the knowledge and capacity to turn data into insight.
The project with Safetipin helped us understand that the role of the municipality in making women safer in our city isn’t just about campaigns and response, it’s central to our mandates for creating and maintaining safe and conducive public spaces where women can move freely and participate fully in the economic and social opportunities that we offer.
We, at Womanity, have had the pleasure of working with Safetipin for many years. It’s difficult to summarise how much we have learned from their team and incredible work. Personally, I’ve been inspired by Kalpana’s feminist leadership and how she has been able to both advocate and do hands-on work to create a more equal, just and inclusive world. For a long life to Safetipin!
Safetipin’s reports enable policymakers to make informed decisions about building safer cities, using safety-related data gathered from users via online and mobile apps. In Bogotá, we harnessed their insights on public spaces perceived as especially dangerous for women to shape our urban lighting initiatives. A map from the Safetipin study holds a prominent place in my conference room, standing as an enduring reminder to ground policy decisions in the safety-centric, real-life experiences and perceptions of women and city residents.
My memory of the creation of Safetipin was that it crystallised serendipitously in the liminal space between thoughts. DFID India had a strong focus on preventing VAWG and urban development, and Kalpana was keen to expand the ‘analogue’ or physical urban safety audits. My colleague Mamta Kohli and I were interested, but our flexible funds were for innovation and ‘India-global’ (Indian ideas with global potential impact). We started talking about digital apps, Kalpana mentioned Ashish’s work in Education tech, and from this a seed grant for Safetipin was born. I learnt such a lot – how people use Apps (or don’t), unexpected opportunities (the partnership with Uber) and how to get free adverts in national papers… it was really exhilarating, and it is awe inspiring how far Safetipin has come – from those early ‘how about if...’ conversations.
"This project was possible because of Safetipin and the alliance we have with this organisation"
"The number of dark spots that were identified in the Delhi city audit carried out by SafetiPin from January to May 2019 was 2,768. These spots, in two years, were reduced by 4,670."
"As a woman, I find Safetipin useful as it tells me which places are unsafe and why. Further it provides data as evidence for our advocacy as an organisation"
"The cornerstone of SafetiPin is a smartphone safety audit app that everybody can access, and anybody can contribute information to Stability Innovation Atlas February 2018"